Knowledge Dissemination

Right to knowledge is a basic human right. All people have the right to have knowledge and awareness about their surroundings. Governments can put restrictions on knowledge, but only to a certain extent. Article 19(2) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights holds that freedom of expression includes the right to information.  Specifically, it states that:

“Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.”

Knowledge dissemination is a broad term that can have several meanings based on context, such as culture or social ideas. The most common definition is the willing transfer of knowledge with the intension that it be used for education or to help implement modified or new practices.

Dissemination is the interactive process of communicating knowledge to target audiences so that it may lead to change. The challenge is to improve the accessibility of desired knowledge products by those they are intended to reach. This means ensuring availability of the product to as much of the target audience as possible, and making the product comprehensible to those who receive it.


Knowledge Dissemination and good practices refer to the approach of providing the right knowledge to the right people when needed. Many international organizations and some countries are practicing this approach. For example WHO, UNESCO, FAO and UNHCR are examples for transferring knowledge to the right people.                                                                                     

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